Care for the Disabled Orphans – FuJian Medical University’s New Dentistry / Oral Care for Disabled Orphans Project

On the morning of October 25th, 2015, the Stomatology Hospital of FuJian Medical University started a welfare project for the comprehensive prevention of oral disease in disabled orphans. More than a dozen doctors and nurses from the hospital arrived at our FuZhou Hope House to conduct a detailed check-up, cavity sealant procedures, sealing of cracks and dents, fluoride cleaning, as well as other disease prevention procedures. In addition, the staff made sure to educate both the children and the house parents on general dental health as well as prevention of dental disease.

It is reported that in order to better understand the current dental and oral condition of disabled orphans and to improve that status, making up for previous lack of oral health services, leading to concerning dental defects, the China Oral Health Foundation launched the Comprehensive Orphan Oral Disease Prevention Project in FuJian, affiliating with the FuJian Medical University, specifically the Dental Disease Prevention Center of the Stomatology Hospital, which is responsible for the project.

Parents accompany the children during oral examination and initial treatment.

Parents accompany the children during oral examination and initial treatment.

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All the dentists meticulously observed, recorded, and examined the children’s teeth. Most of the children received fluoride protection application.

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John even had a fissure sealant procedure completed.

Per doctor’s examination feedback, it was determined that John had 2 overlapping teeth, requiring a future tooth extraction.  Luke has several broken teeth also requiring future treatment.  One of Graham’s front teeth hurts when he eats, possibly indicatively injured nerve endings from tooth decay, also requiring future treatment. Director Fan has stated she will contact the Children’s Welfare Institute leaders to confirm that the children will have their oral illnesses treated at the designated, specified hospitals.

Joyful English Summer Camp

From July 30th until August 7th, the children enjoyed a wonderful, nine-day, English summer camp with American teachers.  No matter whether they were indoors or outdoors, they were able to learn something new everyday.  Their activities included painting, singing, crafts, new methods of learning, etc., filling each child’s heart with blessed joy.

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Miss Sarah teaches her group of small children how to say the English names of various fruits. Each child will receive a toy fruit and and repeat the English word, taking turns holding the models. Since the children get to directly touch what is being taught, the learning experience is significantly more efficient and enjoyable.

 

SheMing (a boy who used to living in our orphanage but has now been adopted by an American family) mother, sister, Larissa, and Sarah taught the kids to sing, the song was about how the wise man builds his house upon the rock, while the foolish man builds his house upon the sand. Seeing the teachers so joyfully singing the songs, the kids joined in on the fun, imitating the teachers. The American teachers taught the kids so many great songs, many kids from the 201 home were still singing “11 monkeys on the bed” several days after the teachers had left. Even though they didn’t fully understand all the lyrics, the kids sang so happily so in an engaged manner, so that they will always remember these days with fondness.

SheMing (a boy who used to living in our orphanage but has now been adopted by an American family) mother, sister, Larissa, and Sarah taught the kids to sing, the song was about how the wise man builds his house upon the rock, while the foolish man builds his house upon the sand. Seeing the teachers so joyfully singing the songs, the kids joined in on the fun, imitating the teachers. The American teachers taught the kids so many great songs, many kids from the 201 home were still singing “11 monkeys on the bed” several days after the teachers had left. Even though they didn’t fully understand all the lyrics, the kids sang so happily so in an engaged manner, so that they will always remember these days with fondness.

 

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Playing Four Square: the American teachers are both fun and funny, making games just that much more enjoyable (the kids love them so much.)

 

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Playing Four Square: the American teachers are both fun and funny, making games just that much more enjoyable (the kids love them so much.)

 

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Awesome game of water balloons: After the balloons were filled with water, the teachers stood by the wall waiting to be hit by the lined-up students. The teachers are allowed to run within a certain range, but if they get hit, they’ll get really wet! However, if the teacher catches the ball, they’re allowed to throw it back. The kids excitedly grabbed their balls, understanding the essence of speed, whilst enjoying the thrill of hitting their target.

 

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Maddie and Rissa play a clarinet and flute duet for the children…

 

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The older children’s class was equally lively and interesting for the children whose basic English was stable. The teachers were able to share some history of the United States and explain a little of the American culture.

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The kids also learn origami! Under loving tutelage, the kids were able to transform ordinary paper into cute little hats! See, don’t they look particularly dashing?

 

The kids from the middle-aged group pose together with the teachers displaying their handiwork.

The kids from the middle-aged group pose together with the teachers displaying their handiwork.

 

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SheMing’s father is extremely patient, having a strong sense of responsibility, but balancing with humorous side. Here, Joly teaches the body parts in English.

 

Even after supper, the activities are colorful, as the teachers bring the children outside to play on the slides in the playground.

Even after supper, the activities are colorful, as the teachers bring the children outside to play on the slides in the playground.

 

Every evening, the camp teachers led the happy children in special fun and games. For example, the kids painstakingly and competitively placed coins, one on top of the next, on the backs of their hands to see who had the most skill in balance and strength,

Every evening, the camp teachers led the happy children in special fun and games. For example, the kids painstakingly and competitively placed coins, one on top of the next, on the backs of their hands to see who had the most skill in balance and strength,

 

Other after dinner activities were likewise colorful, with all the children actively participating in each competition. Here the kids meticulously position as many dice and as quickly as possible on popsicle sticks held in their mouths. Look at the concentration in their faces!

Other after dinner activities were likewise colorful, with all the children actively participating in each competition. Here the kids meticulously position as many dice and as quickly as possible on popsicle sticks held in their mouths. Look at the concentration in their faces!

 

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The fun continues with games of limbo, exercising limb coordination and agility as the bar fluctuates up and down. Due to the intense challenge of this game, all winners were greatly applauded by both students and teachers at their success.

 

The lasting impression that these teachers made on the children was definitely one of humor, fun, and versatility. Here the teachers perform an intriguing, melodramatic skit that all the kids enjoyed, joy plastered all over the faces.

The lasting impression that these teachers made on the children was definitely one of humor, fun, and versatility. Here the teachers perform an intriguing, melodramatic skit that all the kids enjoyed, joy plastered all over the faces.

 

Robert and his masterpiece...

Robert and his masterpiece…

 

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Sunny and her work of art

 

John collaborated with another student to create chalk art.

John collaborated with another student to create chalk art.

 

The whole teacher team brought so much joy to the kids. They split up to teach the different age groups and play with the children, leaving such beautiful memories.

The whole teacher team brought so much joy to the kids. They split up to teach the different age groups and play with the children, leaving such beautiful memories.

 

At the Golden Cow Mountain Park, while some aunties were square-dancing, the teachers joined in on the excitement, following the lead of the dancing aunts to the beat of the music.  Everyone laughed loudly; some children even videotaped the silliness on the cellphones.

At the Golden Cow Mountain Park, while some aunties were square-dancing, the teachers joined in on the excitement, following the lead of the dancing aunts to the beat of the music. Everyone laughed loudly; some children even videotaped the silliness on the cellphones.

 

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Group Photo at Golden Cow Mountain Park

A Joyous Children’s Day

Waiting to enter the movie theater with joy and excitement!

Waiting to enter the movie theater…

At the movie theater

With joy and excitement!

On May 30th, the day before International Children’s Day, the elementary school children in the LHI Fuzhou Home, escorted by brother Liu, participated in some celebration programs organized by our  Fuzhou district Educational Bureau and the “Caring for the Next Generation” Committee. The children went to see a 3D Japanese cartoon movie in the morning. After lunch, they went to create their own cakes in a bakery. They certainly had a fun day!

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It was their first time watching a 3D movie in Movie Theater.

The children are filled with excitement, curiosity, and joy!

 

 

 

 

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The dinner meal included eating steak in a Western restaurant.

Some kids are not accustomed to using forks and knives, so they switch to chopsticks instead.

 

 

 

 

 

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Aprons strapped around neck and waist, with tools laid out, the children are really feeling like professional bakers.

 

 

 

 

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Children are learning how to make cakes while wholeheartedly following the master’s instructions.

They are putting their rich imagination into their work!

 

 

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Children are enjoying their achievement and feeling pretty good about themselves!

Designing and making their own cakes is a fresh, eye-opening experience for the children.

 

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It helps them realize life is rich and colorful and enriches their knowledge.

We wish to see such a big smile on the children’s faces every day!

 

 

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Happy Children’s Day!

Get to Know the Family 201

This is an ordinary family consisting of father, mother and children. This is a special family with 5 children unrelated by blood. This is a big family, including 5 children from the age of 3 to 21 years old. This is also a small family, which is just a part of Living Hope Fuzhou Children’s Home.

201 House parentsHousefather Mr. Han is 32 years old who was born in Shandong Province and came to Fuzhou Children’s Home with his wife in July 2013. Mr. Han has been in Fuzhou Children’s Home for 20 months. What pleases him most is to see the children growing up healthily and happily. What makes him most sad is Aaron’s adoption by a local family while he understands a forever family is the best for a child. When asked about what help is most needed for him, he stated it is how to best educate children.

Housemother Mrs. Han is 33 years old who was born in Shandong Province and came to Fuzhou Children’s Home with Mr. Han in July 2013. She reported what pleases her most is to see the children get to know God and grow their faith. She said she felt so sad when Aaron was adopted and left them. She wishes Aaron will be going great in the new family. When asked about what help is most needed for her, she stated it is the emotional support and psychological guidance. She said she felt stressed sometimes looking after the children. Her greatest wish is to have a tour in Xiamen City with the children.

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Graham 2Child: Graham (nick name: Pingping), 3 years old. Graham is kind of spoiled by the parents. It is difficult for other people to take care of him alone. However, recently Mr. Zhao from the family 401has started taking him and two other children to and from the kindergarten. After several days, Graham became outgoing and happy. In the past he often hided himself behind the door crying and screaming when other person tried to take him to school. He now can say “I won’t cry” when being sent to school.

 

 

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Child: Jason, 9 years old. Jason has a history of epilepsy. He takes medicine on time every day under the supervision of Mr. and Mrs. Han. He has been seizure free for a long time. Jason is an active and naughty boy.

 

 

 

 

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Child: Emma, 16 years old. This April, Emma suffered from chest pain several times, but no organic lesions were identified after detailed physical exam. With the “placebo” therapy, she has been recovered and no more chest pain! According to the doctor, the symptom was probably caused by the psychological problems in puberty. Recently, Emma is doing pretty well. In the parents’ meeting, it was reported by the teacher that Emma has been very confident and likes to express herself in the class.

 

 

Vicky Vicky 2Child: Vicky, 21 years old. Vicky is completing an internship in kindergarten in Fuzhou, and will graduate and start working this July. This means another child will graduate from our sponsorship program and become financially independent soon! Vicky is currently living with Family 201. On weekends, she helps the house parents cook and do some housework.

 

StevenChild: Steven, 14 years old. This February, Steven was adopted by a Chinese family. Unfortunately, the adoption was disrupted and Steven was sent back to the Children’s Home. This hurt him badly and made him feel rejected. The entire Children’s Home has been praying for Steven. Steven currently studies in No.22 Middle School where he is being negatively influenced by his peers recently. We are considering transfer school for Steven, however it is difficult to transfer school in a short time. We keep praying for Steven and pray for the wisdom for the family 201 to best help Steven go through this difficult time.

 

This is family 201. There are laughers and tears, happiness and sadness here. This is a portrayal of our Fuzhou Children’s Home.

 

 

 

Challenges LHCH House Parents Face

RobertLiving Hope International values and advocates family model orphan care to provide the orphaned children with family like care. In the small family setting, children can enjoy love from the house parents and experience family life. For more than 20 years, Living Hope International provides more than housing and food, but also education, medical, and spiritual care to the orphaned children. Our goal is to offer love, opportunity and hope to the children in need, and give them the tools they need to become educated, mature and independent adults.

In Fuzhou Living Hope Children’s Home (LHCH), there are three family units raising 11 children. There are also those over 16-year-old who are away for study and return to LHCH on weekends and holidays. The three couples live with the children in LHCH all year round, day and night. Recently, LHCH house parents had a sincere discussion on challenges they face in their work. The biggest challenge for them is neither how to take care of the children, nor the hard work, but how to position themselves in building relationship with the children. What role are they playing in the children’s life? Parent, nurse, or teacher? Maybe all of these. The house parents stated that they put their hearts to the children as biological parents do. Some house parents shared when the children make mistakes, they always feel hesitated to discipline them like biological parents. They reported the younger children who came to LHCH’s care at 2 or 3 years old do regard them as parents, while many older children become rebellious once being disciplined, because they know that house parents are not their “real” parents.

Another big challenge is when house parents see children leave. Many children at Fuzhou LHCH were rescued from trafficking, and are not cleared for adoption according to the Chinese government’s policy. That is to say, these children cannot be adopted. In order to best help these unadoptable children, LHCH provide them with family like care—with small family units and longer-term committed house parents. However sometimes the government decided to place the children into local foster homes, so the children have to leave LHCH. When this happened, house parents always felt sad to see them leave. What they can do is to sincerely pray children are placed with a suitable long-term family, if a forever family is not possible.

 

Celebrate Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is an opportunity to honor family and friends, and to enjoy some traditional food and activities. As always, our Fuzhou Home staff and kids celebrated Chinese New Year together just like a big family.

Director Wang of Fuzhou Children’s Welfare Institute gave “Red Envelope” to kids as a Chinese New Year gift.

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A big Feast for Chinese New Year’s Eve

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Watching CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala while having delicious snacks

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Kids played fireworks outside.  How happy they were!Play firecrackers1

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What A Blessed Weekend!

Our Fuzhou children had a joyful and blessed weekend. Here are some of the pictures to share with you all–

Enjoying spending time with visitors

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Having fun with English learning and playing games

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Actively participating in the Sunday music worship with a local church

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Playing in the park in Sunday afternoon!

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Meet George and Jason!

We are pleased to introduce two new family members of our Fuzhou Home!

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George (Chinese name: Su Qiu, Age: 6)

George was living in a foster home until April 2014 when he returned to the Children’s Welfare Institute.  George came to Living Hope Fuzhou Children’s Home in November 2014 and now lives with one of our family units.  George currently attends Huijia Kindergarten (senior class) and is good at verbal learning.  George has a smooth temper and feels shy to strangers.  He has good self-care ability, can dress himself, make the bed, and help parents with some housework!

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Jason (Chinese name: Zhu Zhao, Age: 8)

Jason is a 8-year-old boy.  He was placed in a foster home for about a year and returned to the government home in October 2010. While Jason suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy, he is able to walk, run and communicate with others normally, and is capable of taking care of daily self care activities. Jason came to Living Hope Fuzhou Children’s Home in November 2014 and now lives with one of our family units.  The house parents reported that Jason is an optimistic and outgoing child, with a strong sense of curiosity. Jason currently attends 1st grade of Hongshan Elementary School, and likes drawing and writing.

 

All This Teen Wants is to Go to School.

As we prepare a program to reach out into rural areas, Project Hope, details of which will soon be available online and off, we wanted to take a moment to introduce a child who will benefit from rural outreach.

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Rural orphans are a class of child overlooked by government programs and the vast majority of international aid work.  Since these children often live in difficult-to-reach areas and even more often have a confused background, referring to uncles and aunts or parents’ friends as ‘Mom’ or ‘Dad’, they are hard to identify and hard to establish firm relationships with.  Near our Fuzhou home, in the rural area of Shunchang (where the arrow is pointing in the map above), we have identified a group of children who are orphaned or living in single-parent homes where a parent cannot care for them (due to disability).  These children are often high-achieving and intelligent, but unable to reliably attend school or even be able to consider attending high school due to the cost related to China’s compulsory public education.

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One such child is Hu Qiuying – her last name is Hu, pronounced “who”, and her first name is Qiuying, pronounced “ch-yo ing”.  Now seventeen years old, Qiuying has long lived with a foster father whose name she took when she was taken in shortly after birth after her biological mother died.  This man, Hu Dalong, is a mute farmer who earns about 300 yuan per month, depending on the season, which equates to around 50 USD.  Their spending is all focused on two things – Hu Dalong’s bedridden father and Qiuying’s school expenses.  However since there is no definitive amount of money the family can rely on, often they have to either forego buying textbooks, school supplies, or the grandfather’s medicine in favor of purchasing food or other necessities.

Qiuying is currently the seventh-highest ranked student in her entire grade, of several hundred students, placing her in the top 1% of high school students in her county.  The burden of attending high school is far higher than when she was in middle school, and even this upcoming semester is uncertain if she will be able to continue attending.  Qiuying works very hard in school, and explained tearfully to a Living Hope representative that she just wanted to be able to reach her goals and not have to drop out of school and become a farmer with her foster father.  One of our staff members stayed with Qiuying for several hours to discuss her future and what she hoped for and what we could assist her with.  The girl continually went back to the same sentence, poignant to hear from a teenager: “I just want to go to school.”

During National Week this year, a holiday we discussed earlier this month, Qiuying traveled from her hometown to our home in Fuzhou.  She received some special tutoring from college professors who have relationships with our home, and spent time living in a full family unit, with Mr. and Mrs. Yang, our director, and their three children.  She was overjoyed to be able to focus on doing school and having some fun in a city, very different from her rural home, and her grades benefited greatly, already, from the tutoring.  Now back in her hometown, Qiuying has regular contact with our staff and volunteers, and looks forward to coming back one day.

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You are the difference between Qiuying finishing high school and Qiuying dropping out to become a farmer.

We have dozens of other children, in Fujian and Shanxi province, who we’ve also vetted for Project Hope, and we will soon be unveiling further information about how you can assist children like Qiuying who are currently without hope.